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Notes from a great win

It may have been near-freezing — the wind blowing in across rightfield was rippling jackets in the upper deck like flags — but the Cubs made every second worth it with last night’s 3-1 win. …

? How cold was it? The Dodgers were so unprepared for the 40-degree drop that most everyone but Joe Torre was wearing black MLB coats instead of their team’s. …

 

? The Cubs dugout already was chirping in the first minute of the game, when Sean Gallagher seemed to have a called strikeout of Juan Pierre. Home plate umpire Bob Davidson immediately took off his mask and yelled at the coaches that the pitch was inside.

 

When a ball deflected off of Gallagher’s pitching hand two batters later, Lou calmly talked with Davidson before returning to the dugout. But he also couldn’t contain a cheeky smile toward Dodgers third base coach Larry Bowa, also known to have some animated relationships with umpires. …

? Davidson spotted a young kid between innings and walked over to hand him a ball. …

 

? Kosuke had a great game, reaching three times on a walk, single and double. Cubs fans obviously recognized the importance of his matchup last night with Hiroki Kuroda: In the bottom of the sixth, the fans were on their feet clapping as Kosuke drew a walk after falling behind 0-2. …

 

? Carlos Marmol was frustrated with his stuff in the eighth inning and ended up loading the bases before getting out of the jam. He had trouble commanding his slider, throwing just one for a strike to the first four batters. When Los Angeles’ James Loney swung at a 2-2 slider in the dirt for the second out, that seemed to be the turning point. He threw a couple good ones to Matt Kemp before inducing a weak grounder to short to end the inning.

 

Tommy Lasorda, MLB Ambassador

Before the game, I had the opportunity to talk with Tommy Lasorda for an upcoming issue of Vine Line. We discussed the city of Chicago, the progress of Japanese baseball considering last night’s Kuroda-Fukudome matchup, and managing against Lou when Lou was a player in the 1978 World Series. He was animated and said he always loves coming to Chicago, where he makes sure to hit the Italian food of Carmine’s on Rush St. first.

Jim Hendry also stopped by to talk to his friend of some 30 years, and the two had a lot of fun exchanging old stories and calling out each other’s repeat jokes. Lasorda also congratulated Jim on the job he has done with this team and said, “If we don’t win tonight, I sure hope you do.”

Tonight’s lineup

Closing out the series against right-hander Derek Lowe (2-5, 5.03):

Soriano, LF
Theriot, SS
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Fukudome, RF
Soto, C
DeRosa, 2B
Johnson, CF
Zambrano, RHP

– Sean Ahmed

The Windy, and Chilly, City

Apparently the one day of 80-degree weather that the Dodgers brought with them won’t last the series: It’s been in the 40s all day today with a blustery 20 mph wind blowing in.

If yesterday’s weather played host to a well-played 3-1 game, I’m wondering what these unfriendly conditions will produce. Let’s hope it’s a nine-inning Cubs win. …

Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda will be singing the stretch today. He’s previously sang it in 1999, 2002, ’03, ’05 and ’06. …

The Dodgers requested early batting practice today, and they could be seen setting up the field and walking to the rightfield batting cage around 1 p.m. this afternoon. …

The “Friendly Confines” feel that much friendlier with an overflow media packing the home and visitor’s clubhouses. Some dozen-and-a-half Japanese media outlets are expected at tonight’s game to cover the Kosuke Fukudome vs. Hiroki Kuroda matchup.

It’s a fascinating experience seeing how the Japanese media covers these stars on a daily basis. Though they primarily follow around the Japanese players, they also will ask coaches and teammates laregely about these players’ performances.

Today’s Lineup

The middle infielders — Ryan Theriot and Mark DeRosa — are getting a rest today, and Jim Edmonds, fresh off his first hit in 14 at-bats, has been moved up in the order.

Soriano, LF
Fontenot, 2B

Lee, 1B

Ramirez, 3B

Fukudome, RF

Edmonds, CF

Soto, C

Cedeno, SS

Gallagher, RHP

Right-hander Kuroda (2-3, 3.48 ERA) takes the mound today. He throws pretty hard and has been a great pickup for the Dodgers so far this season.

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